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Indestructible Sow Feeder
This sow feeder made from old tires is inexpensive and almost indestructible, according to farmer-inventor David Slaughter, Queen City, Mo., who recently took first prize in National Hog Farmer Magazine's annual invention contest.
Slaughter says tires are just the right size for sows to stick their heads through, yet small enough that they can 't go through them. The tires' flexibility prevents sows from getting caught and helps avoid in-jury as sows push and shove each other during feeding time. Elevating the feeding surface a bit so sows can see the feed better helps train sows to stick their heads through the tires.
Tires are connected and mounted on wooden or steel frames or fencelines using bolts and large washers. It's a good idea to drill holes in the bottom of the tires so rainwater can drain out.
The cost of making each feeder depends on length and choice of materials for the frame, since tires can usually be had for free. Slaughter's prototype feeder has been used for over a year without problems.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Slaughter, Queen City, Mo. 63561.
Story and photo reprinted courtesy National Hog Farmer.

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6